Newtown, downtown steering
By Charles Edwardson
December 10, 2007
Some of the same people on these committees were the biggest
critics of the jewelry stores. And now there is talk of glamorizing
Ketchikan's seedy past and turning Newtown into a theme park,
(lots better than jewelry stores right)? This is ludicrous and
validates the legitimacy of the jewelry stores at least they
are what they are, and are not trying to fool anyone.
The article I read in the paper on the themes for the Newtown
area, were laughable. Is that the best we can do - a theme park?
And the downtown steering committee needs to realize they just
dodged a bullet with the jewelry store initiative. I would suggest
you concentrate on that issue and not let that get out of hand
again. Solidify what you have and do not get sidetracked with
a theme, do municipal revenue reports, continuously reiterate
the benefits of the industries we rely on and remind the general
public on the benefits of the visitor industry, Ketchikan is
its own "theme" to try to create an artificial history
is going to be transparent and not going to fool any of the visitors
that come to Alaska. They are more sophisticated that that.
I was on the Citizens for a Positive Economy committee. In fact
I was the chairman and was not contacted for the theme park conversation
so I should save my initial criticism until I fully understand
this whole "theme" park approach. But I could not
help it, this struck me as so ridiculous I had to say something.
We need to let the business people who own their businesses worry
about what, where, and how they want to sell their products and
not try to put a silly costume on our town. Because a silly costume
is just that , a silly costume.
Received December 07, 2007
- Published December 10, 2007
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